When I first read about Hydra I was of a mixed mind. I thought that if they could get things working the way they wanted, it would be the death of the proprietary dual GPU setups. I also knew that getting it to work would be a very large task. It is one thing to say you can match up identical GPUs using a bridge chip; it is another to say you can do this with competing technologies and make it work.
We saw some of this evident in our X-Mode testing. The Synthetics we tested seemed to have some staggering performance leaps (as much as 45%). These are great. but once again only half of the game. It is also much easier to program for these tests as they are static in nature. To program for different games and game engines is a much more complex task. We have a feeling that it is this part of the Fuzion/Hydra equation that may never have a proper solution, at least not for X-Mode. We do hope that MSI and Lucid can come up with one, because it has great potential; we just think that it might take too long to be viable in the market.
So we have to say that X-Mode is not something we would recommend at this stage. We are still going to see what we get from N and A modes in the very near future, but for now we can honestly say that X-Mode is not worth the cost of the extra GPUs. Even if the two different GPUs are in the $100-150 range, the extra performance is not worth the cost.
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